According to professor James Serpell, of University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine; All Dog species in the world, no matter how different, had originated exclusively from one single species on earth: the gray wolf (Canis lupus) of central Asia. Huge Dog breeds are especially fascinating. According to Wikipedia, a “Huge” breed has to be at least 70 Kilo or more to qualify. Most huge breeds apart from a few on this list, are actually very calm, submissive and nurturing animals. The huge dog breed was originally meant to fend off bears, tigers, and other large beasts. Breeds like the Caucasian Shepherd and the Giant Tibetan Mastiff were breed by mountain farmers in the Kozak regions of Asia. The farmer’s intention was not for the new breed to be the primary pack herder. These huge breeds would travel miles from the pack and circle around its perimeter to spread their scent (thus alerting predators to stay away), and if need be fending off predators from a safe distance. Huge dogs make for some great Photos, so we compiled some for you, and accompanied them with some fun random dog facts (according to “Pet Assure”) and fun quotes. Have fun!
Back Seat Reading
Try reading a book next to your dog in the park. I dare you! Dogs have very low attention spans so make sure you give them some exercise before you sit down for some “me time” at the park. If you don’t this is what you’ll get!
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx
It is a myth that dogs are color blind. They can actually see in color, just not as vividly as humans. It is similar to our vision at dusk.
The Hug Command
If you have a big breed or even a medium dog. We recommend you train them and train them well from a young age! One of the most important disciplines you can teach a dog is to hug on command. Not so they can hug everyone they see, but so they don’t hug without permission.
“My fashion philosophy is, if you’re not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.” – Elayne Boosler
Dogs DO have better low-light vision than humans because of a particular light-reflecting layer behind their retinas.
Forgetting to Crate Train
There is a reason this Woolly Mammoth is sitting on this old man’s chair because no one crate trained him. Crate training your Dog is extremely critical! Especially when they are over 100 kilos in size. When getting a Huge Dog breed, get a huge cage, put a blanket around it, put their food inside, all their favorite toys, and a water bowl. When they are tired, that’s the spot they will pick to rest.
“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” – Christopher Morley. A German Shepherd guide dog led her blind companion through the entire 2100-mile Appalachian Trail.
Hug Me Right
Dogs actually prefer not to be hugged as humans do; their version of a good hug is a lot different! They like to be embraced from the side, or enjoy jumping up and stretching on your chest while you pet their back. Try squeezing a Mastiffs stomach, also say goodbye to your face before you do!
“Dog is God spelled backward.” – Duane Chapman
If never spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their puppies could produce over 66,000 dogs in 6 years!
No Room in the Car?
This family seems to have adopted a Great Dane, but they forgot to get a car big enough to store one! If you’re getting a big dog, make sure there is room for your canine in the vehicle, or else you may find yourself with a 70-kilo beast on your lap! Also, make sure to buy your big guy a seatbelt.
“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” – Franklin P. Jones
A dog’s’ only sweat glands are between their paw pads.
Cozy Little Hallway
Just another example of a big dog that doesn’t seem to know where to put himself! Dogs love to cozy up in tight positions. It’s called the “womb complex.” Being nuzzled up tightly is the closest feeling they get to being in the womb again!
“When a man’s best friend is his dog, that dog has a problem.” – Edward Abbey
The Lundehune breed has six toes and can close its ears.
A Good Winter Snuggle
Huge breeds have what’s called a “smart coat.” For most, that means a three-layer coat, that can regulate their body heat, and keep them at safe internal temperatures all year round. Humans can get a coat like that too. Just train your puppy to lay on you, and when he reaches 70 kilos, you’ll have the perfect winter blanket.
“Dogs have boundless enthusiasm but no sense of shame. I should have a dog as a life coach.” – Moby
Teddy Roosevelt’s dog, Pete, ripped a French Ambassador’s pants off at the White House.
The Perfect Hug
The bond between man in human actually dates back to ancient Rome, when the Cane Corso breed would fight in epic battles with their human comrades. Since then, humans realized that it’s better to teach a dog how to cuddle rather than how to fight!
“The dog is the god of frolic.” – Henry Ward Beecher
Franklin Roosevelt spent $15,000 for a destroyer to pick up his Scottie in the Aleutian Islands.
Summer Can Be Hot
Summertime can be grueling for some Huge breeds. Not all of them have “Smart Coat,” and you may want to check online if your climate is suitable before getting one for yourself. Dogs can’t talk, and can only convey to us so many things. So, your little guy may not be able to say for instance “why did you bring me here, it’s too hot, get me out of here!!”
“Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.” – Franklin P. Jones
In Roman times, mastiffs donned light armor and were sent after mounted knights.
Vet Can be Scary
One bad experience at the vet and your dog may dread going forever. Make sure to bring lots of treats, and give them a lot of love too! By the next time you show up together, your dog will run in the door ready for her next checkup!
“I don’t understand people who don’t touch their pets. Their cat or dog is called a pet for a reason.” – Jarod Kintz
A dog’s mouth exerts 150-200 pounds of pressure per square inch. Some dog breeds can exert up to 450 pounds per square inch.
Perfect for a Picture
What has two thumbs and is the only thing cuter than a dog? A baby in jammies! Big dogs become ultra-gentle around babies, and once a baby is brought into the home. Don’t be surprised to find that your pooch is not leaving its side.
“If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” – Roger A. Caras
A one-year-old dog is as mature, physically, as a 15-year old human.
Not a High Enough Fence!
If you’re getting a big dog, make tall fence! That’s not enough either, training your dog to have at least a two-foot boundary between them and the wall! Why do you ask? Dogs can dig pretty fast, and huge dogs have huge paws, so they’ll probably have to do less digging too! This photo is a perfect example of the wrong fence for a working breed German Shepherd!
“I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross, and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful, and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk.” – Mark Haddon
The average city dog lives 3 years longer than a country dog.
“Knock Knock” “Woof Woof”!
Dogs Have their first adult bark between 6 – 12 months of age. It’s vital to train your dog to not bark from the very first time they do! If barking goes ignored, then you may find yourself waking up in the middle of the night allot!
“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically, dogs think humans are nuts.” – John Steinbeck
87% of dog owners say their dog curls up beside them or at their feet while they watch TV
Get in the Car!
Getting your family into the car is no easy accomplishment. The kids, and the spouse can take forever just to go down the stairs! But trust that a canine will jump right in with speed and joy nine times out of ten!
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” – Josh Billings
An African wolf dog known as the Basenji is the only dog in the world that cannot bark.
If you’re like me, you have a child that never lets you cook in peace, running around in between your legs going nuts, when all you want to do is feed her dinner and get her to bed. Get that kid a big dog, and it will act as a live barrier between you and the toddler!
“Animals have come to mean so much in our lives. We live in a fragmented and disconnected culture. Politics are ugly, religion is struggling, technology is stressful, and the economy is unfortunate. What’s one thing that we have in our lives that we can depend on? A dog or a cat-loving us unconditionally, every day, very faithfully.” – Jon Katz
“Gidget” is the name of the Taco Bell dog.
Cats are cold-blooded savages! And this little kitty must have the heart of steel because she does not seem to mind the tiger sized Great Dane standing right next to her! The difference between the two. A cat’s love you have to earn, while a dog’s love comes with the never-ending batteries!
“There’s a saying. If you want someone to love you forever, buy a dog, feed it and keep it around.” – Dick Dale
Basset Hounds cannot swim.
Fun in the Sun
These two wild animals seem to be enjoying some good old fun in the sun together! This is a great picture too. That can only mean one thing. Both the dog and the child had perfect humans training them! What an excellent experience to have at such a young age.
“When the dog looks at you, the dog is not thinking what kind of a person you are. The dog is not judging you.” – Eckhart Tolle
Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on earth, with speeds of up to 45 miles per hour.
Fun with Gramps
Senior citizens get very lonely, and dogs are a perfect solution to that loneliness. But maybe not a huge one is the answer. Luckily for this old man, his grandson came to visit and lend a helping hand! He even brought along a little kitten too. I wonder if they’ll get along? Let’s hope for the best!
“Actually, my dog I think is the only person who consistently loves me all the time.” – H. G. Bissinger
The Bible mentions dogs 14 times.
Okay, so there seems to be a trend here. There may be no cars big enough to for huge dogs; just have to make do with you have as they say! This may not be the safest solution, but the Dane seems to be having a great time!
“My main characters are the msunniest happy, optimistic, loving creatures on the face of the Earth. I couldn’t be happier that’s where I start. I can put as many flawed people in the dog’s world as I like, but the dog doesn’t care. Dog doesn’t judge, dog doesn’t dislike. Dog loves. That’s not so bad.” – Bruce Cameron
Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic – a Newfoundland, a Pomeranian, and a Pekingese
Getting’ Yo Hair Did
I don’t know what these groomers do, but I have never seen one dog being bad at the groomers ever. It’s worth to note that K-9’s mostly do not enjoy getting a haircut, but some breeds need them to stay healthy. The reason they don’t like it is that their coat is a protective layer, and when we cut their hair, they seem to feel more vulnerable. Let’s hope this guy just got a trim.
“There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog” – Konrad Lorenz
Obesity is the #1 health problem among dogs.
Not Every Dog is Meant for Snuggles
Great Danes are very massive breeds. So, try not to train it to sleep in bed with you when it’s a puppy. Or else you may end up like this guy! He doesn’t seem to be bothered!
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” – Mark Twain
An estimated 1,000,000 dogs in the U.S. have been named as the primary beneficiaries in their owner’s will.
Military recruits, get themselves ready for basic training by putting lots of rocks in a bag and running long distances with their rock-filled suitcase so they can learn to run with more than their body weight. This guy seems to use his dog!
“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.” – Roger A. Caras
What You Just Call Me?
Dogs tend to get very confused when you speak long sentences to them. Their ears will start to perk, and their heads will turn sideways. Speak short sentences to your puppy so he/she can understand you!
“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” – Kinky Friedman
A dog’s nose prints are as unique as a human’s fingerprints and can be used to identify them accurately.
Waking up next to your spouse after many years of a union may not be so exciting. But waking up next to your dog in the morning is the perfect coffee substitute if you ask me. This Irish Wolfhound seems to be doing a great job at the morning snuggle.
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain
70% of people sign their pet’s name on greeting and holiday cards.
I’ll Protect You!
There must be a lot going on out there because this Great Dane is not leaving his mommas side! I don’t think any person in his right mind would try to hurt her with that Dane standing guard. The problem is he looks too heavy to push off of you!
“The love of a dog is a pure thing. He gives you a trust which is total. You must not betray it.” – Michel Houellebecq
58% of people put pets in family and holiday portraits.
Please, Can We Watch Something Else….
It looks like daddy fell asleep watching the golf channel again. Maybe his Dane is waiting idly for the next bird to pop up on the screen! Poor guy just wants to change the channel!
“My favorite type of pet has always been a dog. They’re loyal, kind, and offer endless affection. My friend Eric says, ‘The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.’ Funny thought.” – Brendon Urie
The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in 17th century England when it is believed that many cats and dogs drowned during heavy periods of rain.
I Need a Better View!
Some huge dog breeds can get really tall, and their noses and ears can see from miles away. This big girl thinks she can get a better view from the bench beside her human. She’s looking for other predators, food, and friends! Let’s hope she finds the last two. And maybe try to get an angle with the owners face in it too!
“You can tell by the kindness of a dog how a human should be.” – Captain Beefheart
Dogs have no sense of “time”.
Either these two are really good at sharing, or had a big fight over the big spot, and the little dog won. If I had to bet on one, I would choose the ladder. Both seem very content and happy, and that’s all that’s important at the end of the day!
“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner
The largest breed of dog is the Irish Wolfhound.
We Had To!
This breed is so friggin cute we just had to give you one last look at one. The only Question that comes to mind when seeing this dog is, what is that and where can I get one!
“When we adopt a dog or any pet, we know it is going to end with us having to say goodbye, but we still do it. And we do it for a very good reason: They bring so much joy and optimism and happiness. They attack every moment of every day with that attitude.” – Bruce Cameron
The oldest known dog breed is most likely the Saluki – originally trained by Egyptians to help them track game.